As the summer rolls in, you might be tempted to shave your dog’s coat. After all, the coat is there to keep them warm, do they really need it in the summer? Some humans shave their heads during the summer, so is there anything wrong with shaving your dog? The reality is that shaving your dog carries several risks, and it’s important to know them before making your decision.
When NOT to Shave Your Dog
To Prevent Them From Shedding
One of the common reasons people shave their dogs is that they believe it will stop the dog from shedding. This isn’t the case at all. Even a shaved dog sheds small hairs. Dogs are naturally always shedding; either you brush it out, or it falls on its own, either way, dog hairs get shed.
To Keep Them Cool
Another reason people consider shaving their dogs is to keep them cool. Dogs will still get warm even if you trim or shave their fur. It’s important to understand that dogs have their own cooling method. Dogs don’t sweat as people do. They let off heat by panting, and some heat is released through their paws. Additionally, their fur actually prevents overheating to a degree by serving as insulation against the sun. Also, often a dog will know enough to retreat to the shade to cool down, so you can trust your dog to stay cool without a shaved coat.
If you really want to help keep your dog stay cool during the summer, instead of shaving them, pick the right summer activities to enjoy together.
For Grooming Purposes
Trimming your dog’s fur can be a natural part of grooming, but you shouldn’t go so far as shaving your dog. Even getting your dog’s fur trimmed too often can be bad for their coat. There’s nothing wrong with the occasional trim, but be careful to avoid overdoing it. Regular visits to the groomer will prevent the need to shave your dog for grooming purposes due to matting.
Risks of Shaving Your Dog
It Exposes Their Skin
One of the reasons dogs have short fur is to protect them from the harmful rays of the sun. The reality is that your dog’s fur is already at the right length to keep them cool. Cutting their hair short to keep them cool is especially problematic for short-haired dogs.
It Can Cause Irregular Hair Regrowth
If your dog’s hair gets cut short or shaved, it can sometimes grow in weird. It could be a different color or a different thickness than before. It can also take longer for the fur to grow back than you think. Keep this in mind before having your dog trimmed.
It Can Be Embarrassing
As strange as it sounds, a haircut can be as embarrassing for a dog as it can be for a human. It could be a psychologically unkind thing to do to your dog. Particularly with long-haired, double-coated dogs. Sometimes dogs appear to be embarrassed about their new haircut, and it can change the way that other dogs and humans interact with them. They will eventually get used to the cut, of course, but it seems unfair to do that to them.
There are better ways to help your dog than to shave them. Make sure that you have water on you for them to drink, and get them groomed properly without having their hair shaved. There’s a lot of things you can and should do for your dog, but shaving your dog isn’t one of them.
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